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Members Project 23

Chillingham Castle – Watercolour

Step 1

This is the lovely castle of Chillingham in Northumberland. As you can see I did this one on location. With the outline drawing again it is just that, outline. Don’t fiddle about with shading.

Step 2
For the sky wash I did the normal pre wet using my 1.5″ wash brush, drop on some fairly strong ultramarine blue and then simply suck out a few clouds. importantly all done whilst still wet.  And of course I used the brush to suck out the clouds not kitchen roll.

Step 3

Once the the sky was totally dry I used my No 8 round brush and pre wet the whole of the castle don’t think about doing it section by section just wet the whole thing. Then fill it all in with Charles Evans Sand and while it was all still good and runny, drop in a little bit of yellow ochre just here and there followed by a little bit of light red and finally a touch of raw umber. Just let all these colours spread and merge and stroke them together here and there to make a lovely stone colour on the paper. Again let it all dry.

Step 4

Once it had all dried, still using my No 8 round brush I started off with the windows and for these its a mixture of ultramarine blue and light red. Use the tip of the brush and leave a little bit of the white paper showing through here and then between pens.  Still using the same brush I then painted the bits of greenery on the building. Starting of with yellow ochre followed by a little bit of hookers green and light red mixed.

Make sure you leave little bits of light showing, this being the yellow ochre.I also painting the weather vein and this again was ultramarine blue and light red and I used my No 3 rigger.
Step 5

The next bit is to finish the castle off using my shadow mix. Being ultramarine blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna, look carefully to where I have put the shadows, mainly inside the windows. Look at those diagonal lines cast from one part of the building onto another. All of these little touches help to bring the whole thing to life.
Step 6

Now to start with the trees, for the big clump to the left and behind the castle they were all the same colours. Starting off with yellow ochre followed by yellow ochre and hookers green mixed. For the darker areas of green hookers green and burnt sienna. The ultramarine blue that I added finally is what makes all the difference. Think about where you want darker areas of foliage and just drop it in. All of the colours were going in wet on wet and with my No 8 round brush just merge the colours in here and there to form the shapes.

Step 7

In this final section it looks like Ive done a lot, that’s because I have. But its all the same techniques and colours. Using my 3/4″ wash brush I simply stroked across flat strokes in the path area with a mixture of ultra marine blue and light red, fairly weak and let this dry.

Once dry I painted the fountain in the centre with my No 8 round brush, again ultra marine blue and light red, but this time with more light red.

Now its to all the box hedges. I did them all with the same colours and my 3/4″ wash brush. Starting off with yellow ochre in the light top areas, followed by hookers green and yellow ochre for the lighter green, then hookers green and burnt sienna for the darker green. I didn’t pre wet any of these but had plenty of water in the paint as it was going on.

For the big dark tree on the right I just stippled on with my 3/4″ wash brush a mixture of hookers green, burnt sienna and ultramarine blue. Let this dry before doing the tree in front of it with firstly yellow ochre on the outer edge followed by a weaker hookers green and burnt sienna mix for the main tree.

By now all my box hedges were dry, so I again mixed the shadow mix ultra marine blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna and with my No 8 round brush paint in the darker areas of the hedges that split one part from the other or between large and small hedges.

Finally with the shadow mix, have some shadows across the path, cast by hedges and fountain. Don’t be put off by this one, it may look complex but believe me the most difficult part on this one is the drawing.